STATE COUN­SEL­LOR STRESSES NEED FOR UNITY AMONG ETH­NIC GROUPS

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THE con­struc­tion of roads and bridges and power in­fra­struc­ture in north­ern Myan­mar is aimed at fur­ther strength­en­ing the re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion among eth­nic peo­ple, which is very im­por­tant in na­tional de­vel­op­ment, said State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

“I want you to know that our gov­ern­ment is try­ing at its best, with the spirit of good­will, to ful­fill needs of all peo­ple liv­ing in this union. What I said doesn’t mean that we have tried to build a good rep­u­ta­tion but want a warmer and stronger re­la­tion be­tween us,” she said at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Up­per Namht­wam Hy­dropower Plant in Kachin State, yes­ter­day.

“Pro­jects may be big or small but their value de­pends on good in­ten­tion and cor­rect man­age­ment. It is our gov­ern­ment’s duty to have a spirit of good­will. To en­sure cor­rect man­age­ment and tech­nol­ogy is re­spon­si­bil­ity of the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and En­ergy,” she added.

Daw Aung San Suu kyi ar­rived at Puta-o in Kachin State on Tues­day to at­tend the cel­e­bra­tions of the 71st Kachin State Day which will be held to­day. She also in­au­gu­rated the Ma Gway Za-San Lut Chat Taung Htake road in Nawng­mun town­ship and in­spected road and bridge pro­jects un­der con­struc­tion for de­vel­op­ment of Puta-0, which is a very hard to reach area.

The State Coun­sel­lor said she un­der­stands the dif­fi­cul­ties of per­son­nel who are serv­ing in re­mote re­gions, but urged them to be proud of them­selves as they are serv­ing for the de­vel­op­ment of moun­tain­ous re­gions.

“Hav­ing equal­ity is also for the dig­nity of this coun­try. I would like you all to con­sider that if a re­gion is de­vel­oped, we have op­por­tu­ni­ties to help other re­mote re­gions get more de­vel­oped and we are also re­spon­si­ble for giv­ing them op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said.

She pledged to pro­vide chil­dren ad­e­quate nu­tri­tion and ed­u­ca­tion as they are the fu­ture lead­ers of the coun­try.

“De­vel­op­ment plans are done to de­velop all eth­nic peo­ple phys­i­cally and men­tally. I want all to be equal and united,” she added.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi lamented the huge gap be­tween the rich and the poor in the coun­try and hopes that this will be re­duced in the near fu­ture.

She said un­der­scored the im­por­tance of good in­fra­struc­ture for the de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try.

“When we don’t have good in­fra­struc­ture, de­vel­op­ment work de­mands more ef­fort and so, I think that build­ing roads is a truly mer­i­to­ri­ous deed,” said Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Photo: EPA

State Coun­sel­lor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at­tends a din­ner dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of In­de­pen­dence Day on Fri­day.

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